“Gain a child, lose a tooth” is an old wives’ tale that links pregnancy with tooth loss. As with many of these old beliefs, there may be a kernel of truth to it. The changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can contribute to dental problems, but they don’t have to result in tooth loss. The best way to prevent any dental issues during pregnancy is to continue daily home care and keep current with professional cleanings.
Dr. E. Scott Saltzman, one of the Triangle’s most trusted family dentists, is an expert at making sure his patients get the best possible care during all phases of life, including pregnancy. The staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry created the following information to help expectant mothers understand the connection between pregnancy and dental health.
These are just four of the effects that pregnancy can cause:
- Diabetes, prematurity: According to the American Dental Association, poor dental hygiene during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Continuing to brush and floss at least twice a day is beneficial for both mother and baby.
- Gum disease: Pregnancy brings changes to mouth chemistry, opening up a pathway for the development of plaque and gingivitis. Gums may bleed during brushing, feel tender and look red. This is normal for many expectant mothers, but it should not stop them from their daily dental home care.
- Morning sickness: Morning sickness is a fact of life for most pregnant women. Stomach acids damage tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the mouth immediately after throwing up and waiting 30 minutes before brushing.
- Loose teeth: Pregnancy raises a woman’s levels of progesterone and estrogen, a change that relaxes the ligaments holding teeth in place. Teeth can actually loosen as a result, but they will return to normal after pregnancy.
Are you expecting a baby? A dental cleaning and exam are perfectly safe for pregnant women. Contact the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.
This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.
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Cary, NC 27513
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.